Bernard, is our first child. Well, he is the first pet we ever adopted anyway. As a cat, he likes asserting his independence. He likes swatting at our unsuspecting dogs. He is moody. He wants you to pet him on his own terms. When he is done with the petting he’ll let you know, in sometimes unpleasant ways. Again, he is our first child and we love him.

One thing he has in common with all cats is, he loves to climb. You can usually find him in an elevated location in whichever room he chooses to be in. The back of a couch or the foot of our bed is where you will usually find him. He also likes to hide under tables or behind the curtains. Sometimes, he even climbs above our kitchen cabinets, an amazing acrobatic feat.

Because of all this, I know he would love this cat jungle gym. He deserves a place of his own where he can get away from the dogs, the kids and us for that matter. They look simple to make and actually look pretty good on the walls. You won’t be too much closer to looking like the crazy cat lady. Here are some other fun cat products.

Here’s the link to all 10 ideas…

Diply: 10 Amazing Overhead Playgrounds For Your Cats!

Cat Tree

Cats sure can try your patience. I love my baby but he can be so frustrating! They do tend to have a mind of their own and love to sleep wherever they want and rule the roost. A lot of us are cat owners or at least know somebody who is one. Pet lovers are always looking for the newest and best toys for furry friends. Those things can be expensive! There are DIY options out there. Hooray!

Check out this DIY cat tree! You never would guess that this awesome climbing toy was once yard junk. This is beyond my skill level but I wish it was! I’m so sad I didn’t see this sooner! We had to cut two trees down last week and I just took them to the dump last week. Lame! Lame! Lame! Hopefully I don’t have another tree that dies but if I do…

Here is a climbing tree that isn’t too expensive. It doesn’t look like an actual tree though. What do you think?

See more this fabulous project here…

Little Things: She Transforms A Tree Into A Classy Cat Playground


If you love puppies, kitties, and everything cute and fuzzy, this video is for you. So adorable. Even if you’re not the biggest fan, you won’t be able to resist the cuteness that is six tiny pug puppies snoozing in a row. They just weren’t able to stay awake! (I know the feeling.) They were lulled to sleep by a lullaby and are all blissfully dreaming on their backs. See their little legs twitching? The one with the tongue out? Precious! It’s just like with human babes…they need to sleep on their backs. Lol.

What cute little fur babies! I wish there was room in my life for another living creature but we are maxed out. Dogs, cat, children. Full full full, I have to settle for sleeping pugs and other adorable videos like this one, and this one, and especially this one to get my dose of cuteness. (The dog and the leaf blower is too much!)

Here’s the video… Enjoy!

Pet Hacks

I love my puppies. They aren’t so much puppies anymore as they are big dogs. (And we are thinking about getting a little mini one!) Life with them is fun but never easy. Or cheap. Sometimes DIYs are the only hope for not breaking the bank. Here are 21 projects for you and your dog that are brilliant and budget.

I am all about #1. It would be wonderful if I could keep my car clean! The self dispensing water dish (#3) is cool but wouldn’t work for me and mine. My dogs would destroy it. They need something super durable and that holds gallons of water! The flea power is always a good one to have (#6) and homemade mouthwash too (#8). This roundup has some recipes for tasty treats that they are sure to love and that I am for sure going to make! The Kitchn has 9 recipes for doggie treats that are also must tries! Find them here.

Here’s the link to see all 21 ideas…

Just DIY: 21 Amazing DIY Projects That Will Make You And Your Pup Insanely Happy


Are you a repurposer? Upcycler? DIYer? If you answered yes, then this is the project for you! Take an old, boring, and tired table and turn it into something new and exciting.

This project is so crafty and imaginative! I’ve seen tables repurposed into a lot of things but never this. Have you ever seen a table turned dog bed? It’s a first for me. I love how delicate it looks. White and pink are two of my favorite colors. Know what this bed is missing? A canopy! After All, Fluffy needs to be treated like a princess. Lol.

Another DIY you can make with an old coffee/end table is an ottoman. It is equally as cool as a dog bed and just as creative! I already have a bed for Fido so I might have to try my hand at making an ottoman first. You will love this DIY! Check it out here.

Here’s the link to see the wonderful after photos…

Little Things: Old End Table Gets Flipped And Re-purposed (photos)

Dog House

Jack, the Wheaten Terrier, has a sweet setup. When he gets sent to the ‘dog house’ he only has to go to the den. Yup. His family build the cutest under-the-stairs dog house. I love this idea. My under stairs space is full but maybe if I do some de-cluttering…

I love that the inside of Jack’s house has a nice wood finish to match the outside. A dark wood and stain would look terrific at my house. My dogs would both want one but there isn’t room for two. No one gets one if everyone can’t have one. Do you have room for a cute house like this?

Only the best for our pets! There are some really cute and creative pieces of furniture out there for Spot and Fluffy. You will fall in love with one of these free patterns. I’m picturing a new dog bed/house in your future. Lol.

Here’s the link to all the project photos…

Imgur: Under The Stairs Dog House (photos)

Crate Bumpers

Have you ever seen something on Pinterest or Facebook and instantly fallen in love? You knew that it was the DIY for you and that your life would be a little less great until you got it. Excitement immediately followed by heartbreak. Your amazing craft/project doesn’t come with instructions. Nooooo! I’ve been there. We all have. (Especially, with sewing projects.) Lame. But that’s not the case with these cute dog crate covers. Kevin And Amanda have put together a terrific tutorial and an easy-to-follow sewing pattern for us.

These DIY crate bumpers are ridiculously cute. I tend to go to amazing lengths to make my animals happy; happy and fashionable. These covers should do both. #win! They will also help spruce up boring kennels and get rid of an eye sore in the house or car. I’m ‘sew’ going to make these! I’m sure I can pull it off, minimal skills and all. Adorable!

The Cottage Market has some really fun DIY dog bed ideas. Some will even fit inside your pretty new crate! Find them here.

Find the full tutorial and sewing pattern from Kevin And Amanda here…

Kevin & Amanda: Dog Crate Bumper Pads Sewing Pattern

Hidden Litter Box

This really is a brilliant idea. I love my kitty but not his litter box. How could I?! Gross. Litter is a nightmare. Even when clean, it goes everywhere! And let’s face it, cat boxes aren’t that pretty to look at. This DIY, featured at Little Things, takes care of both those problems.

So what is this wonderful DIY? It is a fashionable piece of furniture that doubles as a useful way to hide your cat boxes. Win! The cat food can even be stored in the extra drawers. Double win! An old dresser has never been so useful. Dressers like this are so cheap on Craigslist right now. There’s enough for all! It’s still important to clean out your cat’s litter box to keep the smell down but this will help keep the mess down and add to your overall decor. I’m not sure where I could fit this, but I’ll find a way to make it work!

Not for you? Maybe one of these ones featured at Buzzfeed is more to your liking. At least one has to catch your eye. Find all 27 here.

See all the project photos (start to finish) here…

Little Things: Dresser Transformed Into Secret Kitty Litter Box Unit

products for cat lovers

Cats have a mind of their own and love to sleep wherever they want and rule the roost. A lot of us are cat lovers or at least know somebody who is a cat lover. There are some wonderful products that you might not know about (such as the kitty treat shooter or the hanging walkway!)…

Your cats will show their appreciation and love when you treat them with kindness and respect and affection. How about providing your kitty a comfortable and private place to snuggle? You’ll find some great ideas in this list! Take a look through – there is a wide variety of cat lover products!

1. Adorable cat cocoon:

cat cocoon

2. Side cat bed:

cat side bed

3. Cat litter hidden nicely in a cabinet:

cabinet kitty litter

4. Cat massage toy:

cat massage toy

5. Cat veranda so your kitty can get some fresh air:

cat veranda

6. Cat coffee table:

cat coffee table

7. The cat cave:

cat cave

8. Toilet paper saver:

toilet paper saver

9. Custom cat portrait:

custom cat portrait

10. Cat whack-a-mole game:

cat whack a mole

11. Cat litter box hidden beneath a plant:

plant kitty litter

12. Self-grooming cat comb:

cat comb

13. Cat cushion trapeze:


14. Long handled kitty litter scooper:

long handled scooper

15. Solar powered kitty toy:

solar powered cat toy

16. Decoy keyboard:

decoy keyboard

17. Stylish cat gym:

stylish cat wheel gym

18. Clear window bird feeder:

cat window bird feeder

19. Couch cat scratcher saver:

cat couch scratch saver

20. Cat window bed:

cat window bed

21. Kitty treat shooter:

kitty treat shooter

22. Fuzzy cat bun bed:

cat bun bed

23. Cat hanging walkway:

cat hanging walkways

24. Indiana Jones cat bridge:

indiana jones cat bridge

25. Soft Paws for your kitty’s claws:

soft paws claws

26. Cat pipeline:

cat pipeline

27. Door vent:

cat door vent

28. Kitt-in-Box cat desk box:

cat desk box

29. Stylish cat pod:

cat pod

30. Cat hammock:

cat beneath chair

31. Outside cat ladder:

outside cat ladder

32. Cat punching bag:

cat punching bag

33. Human and cat rocking chair:

human cat rocking chair

34. Cat radiator bed:

cat radiator bed

35. Cat walkway system:

cat walkway system

36. Cat scratching console:

cat scratching console

the egg plant chicken coop

Question: Why did the chicken fly (flew?) the coop? Answer: To come stay at this lovely chicken home created by Nacychick. I love it! This should definitely be on the list of places you are drawing inspiration from when it comes to building your own. It is the perfect compromise of function and fancy.

The special touches are my favorite. Yes, your birds will be happy in any home that meets all of the basic needs Maslow lined out for us but why not personalize it and make it extra cute? I love the run and high ceilings. The ceiling is even painted to look like the sky. I am pretty keen on the outside color too.

One thing to remember when building…these are your chickens and this is YOUR coop. Be sure to make it look the way you’ve always wanted and dreamed about. Right and wrong? Foggettabotit! Mafia speak for ‘Forget about it.’ Hehe. (I just watched The Godfather and have been talking a bit like the family. Add cute details and make your coop match your personality!

Are chickens becoming the new dog? Think about it… If you answered yes, you might want to start shopping around. eFowl is a good place to start.

See the full set of project photos here…

Backyard Chickens: NavyChick’s Coop